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Virtual societies, a journey of powertrips & personalities : a dramaturgical and ethnographic study of Winnipeg's original live-action Vampire the Masquerade role-playing game community

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dc.contributor.author Myhre, Brian Lawrence en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-17T12:36:13Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-17T12:36:13Z
dc.date.issued 1998-05-01T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/1429
dc.description.abstract Play is more than an activity; it illustrates the diversity and malleability of human social relations. It is our awareness of the flexibility of everyday social routines and our freedom to control the styles and definitions of our presentations. This thesis is exemplified during the interplay of participants of Winnipeg's original live-action role-playing game, Vampire the Masquerade. Although, initially a community of strangers, by role-playing fantasy characters, participants shaped not only the shared fantasy of their gothic-horror game, but also their everyday understanding of social reality. The in- and out-of-game interactions of metaplayers epitomise how we use common schemata and roles to manage our impressions of the social order, augmenting our self-identities and the format of our social existence. Players were socialized into this virtual community when they realized the actual relationships that shaped their interpretations of character-actions and player-reputations. Information for this thesis was obtained through participant-observations, and interviews of seventeen player-consultants. Like all game players, I created and role-played a fictional character. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) en_US
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dc.title Virtual societies, a journey of powertrips & personalities : a dramaturgical and ethnographic study of Winnipeg's original live-action Vampire the Masquerade role-playing game community en_US
dc.degree.discipline Anthropology en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US


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